Early detection of oral cancers with screenings at our office saves lives
Responsible for around 2% of cancer cases worldwide, cancers of the oral cavity and oropharynx (throat) are among the most prevalent forms of this deadly disease. The Oral Cancer Foundation reports that oral and oropharyngeal cancers are deadly because they are frequently detected after the malignant tumor has spread to other parts of the body. Fortunately, our skilled doctors at Abel Phan & Associates, Drs Anna Abel and Chuong Phan are on the front lines of pinpointing pre-cancers and cancers before they metastasize and affect other systems and organs.
The power of the oral cancer exam in Sterling, Virginia
Screenings for abnormalities of the lips, mouth, and throat are incorporated into professional preventive services at our practice. Routine dental checkups are fundamental to these services and our mission to protect and restore oral health proactively. Our dental hygienists primarily clean your teeth and gums during these visits, and our dentists examine your teeth and associated structures and tissues for potential problems. We also discuss red flags for conditions that may require prompt treatment. It is essential to contact us immediately if you notice any of the following potential symptoms of oral cancer, including:
- Facial drooping
- Difficulty moving the tongue
- Problems with swallowing
- White or red patches
- Sores of the mouth and lips that fail to heal
Drs Abel and Phan may detect areas of concern by touch or using sophisticated diagnostic technologies. A biopsy or a small tissue sample may also be removed to confirm a diagnosis. Our team also works with patients to minimize risk factors for these cancers. Those with risks, such as smoking and tobacco use, will visit our practice more regularly for exams and suggestions on how to stay healthy. In all, it’s estimated that around 90% of oral cancers may be attributed to tobacco use and drinking alcoholic beverages in excess. It is critical to address these and other behaviors and characteristics at the root of your risk for developing mouth cancers.
With so much at stake, do not delay scheduling a visit to our Sterling/Potomac Falls office. Call Abel, Phan & Associates today at (571) 450-9848.